Pelham Examiner

Pelham Examiner

Pelham Examiner

Gabby Ahitow, Executive Editor

Gabby Ahitow is a senior at Pelham Memorial High School. She has been with the paper since it first started in 2018. Gabby has written for the Colonial Times, News of Pelham, PMS Post, and The Pel Mel. Besides writing, she plays the violin, soccer, and lacrosse for the high school, and participates in various clubs. She sails competitively outside of school. The Pelham Examiner has taught her so much and she looks forward to growing with the paper.

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Founding director Barbara Klein to retire from Huguenot Nursery School after 50-year teaching career

Founding director Barbara Klein to retire from Huguenot Nursery School after 50-year teaching career

By Gabby Ahitow, Executive Editor
May 10, 2024

Barbara Klein has watched hundreds of children walk through the doors of Huguenot Nursery School for 32 years. She's touched hearts and held out hands. As the founding director, she built the school...

GOPs Bennett, Owen-Michaane reelected to Pelham Manor board after delay in certifying tally

GOP’s Bennett, Owen-Michaane reelected to Pelham Manor board after delay in certifying tally

By Phoebe Schwarz and Gabby Ahitow
March 20, 2024

Incumbent Republicans Breda Bennett and Maurice Owen-Michaane won reelection to the Village of Pelham Manor Board of Trustees, defeating Democratic challengers Kate Pringle and Mark Cardwell. Announcement...

Manor election tally delayed as paper ballots counted. Dems say they held lead Tuesday night.

Manor election tally delayed as paper ballots counted. Dems say they held lead Tuesday night.

By Gabby Ahitow and Phoebe Schwarz
March 20, 2024

After votes couldn't be counted Tuesday night in the contest for four Village of Pelham Manor trustee seats, Village Manager and Clerk Lindsey Luft was working with the Westchester Board of Elections on...

Four Pelham Manor trustee candidates debate flooding, housing, taxes and emergency services at forum

Four Pelham Manor trustee candidates debate flooding, housing, taxes and emergency services at forum

By Phoebe Schwarz and Gabby Ahitow
March 18, 2024

Voters crammed into a packed village hall Wednesday for a forum featuring the four candidates seeking two seats on the Village of Pelham Manor Board of Trustees. Incumbent Republicans Breda Bennett...

Pelham ice hockey moves on to sectional championship; girls basketball secures spot in semifinals

Pelham ice hockey moves on to sectional championship; girls basketball secures spot in semifinals

By Gabby Ahitow and Luigi Di Cristofano
February 24, 2024

The PMHS ice hockey and the girls basketball teams both made progress in the sectional tournaments during the winter break for the schools. Hockey had a bye in the quarterfinal round after receiving...

Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Champ makes her budget presentation.

Preliminary school district budget increases spending 2.68% to $93.4 million; tax rise at 2.67%

By Gabby Ahitow, Executive Editor
February 20, 2024

Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Champ presented to the school board Feb. 12 a preliminary budget that increases spending by 2.68% to $93.4 million and seeks to maintain existing programs while the district works...

Pelham Memorial High School unveils its first logo; design created by student

Pelham Memorial High School unveils its first logo; design created by student

By Gabby Ahitow, Executive Editor
February 16, 2024

Pelham Memorial High School has adopted its first logo, replacing the one used by the school district. The new design came after PMHS Principal Mark Berkowitz sat in on a sociology class in which teacher...

Democratic Manor board candidates Pringle and Cardwell discuss flooding, EMS problems, transparency

Democratic Manor board candidates Pringle and Cardwell discuss flooding, EMS problems, transparency

By Gabby Ahitow and Phoebe Schwarz
February 5, 2024

Democratic Pelham Manor village board candidates Kate Pringle and Mark Cardwell spoke Sunday about their reasons for running and what they hope to accomplish if elected during a campaign launch event at...

Danny Fund to celebrate 30 years of aiding children and families with annual gala

Danny Fund to celebrate 30 years of aiding children and families with annual gala

By Gabby Ahitow, Executive Editor
January 31, 2024

Danny, a resident of Pelham, was four when he was diagnosed with a rare, fatal form of leukemia. Pelhamites immediately organized to support his family, and from there The Danny Fund was formed. Now...

Pelham school district closes Tuesday for snow day, replacing two-hour delay

Pelham school district closes Tuesday for snow day, replacing two-hour delay

By Gabby Ahitow, Executive Editor
January 16, 2024

Pelham schools will be closed for a snow day Tuesday, the worsening weather extending what was originally a two-hour delay declared Monday evening. Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Champ announced the closure...

Pelham schools announce two-hour delay for Tuesday due to snow forecast

Pelham schools announce two-hour delay for Tuesday due to snow forecast

By Gabby Ahitow, Executive Editor
January 15, 2024

Pelham schools will open on a two-hour delay Tuesday, according to an email sent to families by Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Champ. Due to the weather forecast of snow throughout the night, all schools will...

Undefeated Pelham hockey wrecks rival Rye 8-2 at Playland Casino

Undefeated Pelham hockey wrecks rival Rye 8-2 at Playland Casino

By Gabby Ahitow, Executive Editor
December 16, 2023

Undefeated Pelham ice hockey took down Rye 8-2 Friday night as Pelican fans packed Rye’s home ice at Playland Casino. After Rye scored the opening goal, Pelham was unstoppable, with five different...

Boxed up items line the store aisles of Michaels in Pelham Manor.

Michaels in Pelham Manor Plaza to close Jan 18; remaining products 50% off

By Gabby Ahitow, Executive Editor
December 12, 2023

Michaels at the Pelham Manor Shopping Plaza is closing on Jan. 18. Many of the products have already been boxed up or sold. A Michaels employee refused to comment on why the crafts supply store was...

Pelham Memorial High School

PMHS and PMS get all clear from county bomb squad after emailed threat forces evacuation and early dismissal

By Gabby Ahitow, Executive Editor
November 20, 2023

The Westchester County Bomb Squad assisted by a K9 unit found no explosives and no credible threat on the Pelham middle and high school campus following a bomb threat Monday afternoon that forced the evacuation...

From left, Councilwoman Maura Curtin, Councilwoman Kristen Burke and Town Justice Adam Kagan all won reelection as Democrats.

Democrats Curtin, Burke and Kagan win reelection in Pelham’s three competitive races, according to elections board unofficial tallies

By Gabby Ahitow and Kiran Schwaderer
November 8, 2023

Town of Pelham voters reelected the three Democratic incumbents who faced competitive elections Tuesday, giving Kristen Burke and Maura Curtin new four-year terms on the Pelham Town Council and Adam Kagan...

From left, Pelham Councilwoman Maura Curtin, Councilwoman Kristen Burke and GOP challenger Clive Anderson are running for town board.

Don’t forget to vote: Polls open in Pelham in election featuring town, county and village posts

By Kiran Schwaderer and Gabby Ahitow
November 7, 2023

On this Election Day, incumbent Democrats Kristen Burke and Maura Curtin are vying with Republican nominee Clive Anderson for two seats with four-year terms on the Pelham Town Council. For a four-year...

PMHS boys cross country wins first league championship in a decade, led by Pearlman, Negrin

PMHS boys cross country wins first league championship in a decade, led by Pearlman, Negrin

By Gabby Ahitow, Executive Editor
October 11, 2023

The PMHS boys cross country team won the league championship Tuesday, taking the title for the first time in a decade. Four Pelican runners placed in the top 10 in the competition held at Edgemont...

Pelham Democratic town candidates discuss EMS service, inclusivity and modernization during press conference

Pelham Democratic town candidates discuss EMS service, inclusivity and modernization during press conference

By Gabby Ahitow, Executive Editor
October 2, 2023

Pelham Democratic Town Councilwoman Kristen Burke hosted a press conference on her front porch Thursday to kick off the campaign for herself and her fellow Democratic candidates, Councilwoman Maura Curtin...

Pelham schools placed on lockout due to report of disturbed person; PMHS and PMS students also hold in place for medical emergency

Pelham schools placed on lockout due to report of disturbed person; PMHS and PMS students also hold in place for medical emergency

By Gabby Ahitow, Executive Editor
September 26, 2023

All Pelham public schools were placed on lockout Tuesday due to "a police report of an emotionally disturbed individual in Pelham Heights," while, in an unrelated incident, middle and high school students...

From left, Pelham Councilwoman Maura Curtin, Councilwoman Kristen Burke and GOP challenger Clive Anderson are running for town board.

Democratic incumbents Burke, Curtin face GOP’s Anderson in race for two town board seats; DeChiaro seeks to win back town judgeship from Kagan

By Gabby Ahitow and Kiran Schwaderer
September 15, 2023

Incumbent Democrats Kristen Burke and Maura Curtin will vie with Republican nominee Clive Anderson for two seats with four-year terms on the Pelham Town Council in the general election on Nov. 7, while...

Wolfs Lane and Iden Avenue closed by structure fire

Wolfs Lane and Iden Avenue closed by structure fire

By Gabby Ahitow, Executive Editor
August 25, 2023

An accidental structure fire on Iden Avenue on Friday afternoon closed off that street and Wolfs Lane. Both streets have since been reopened to traffic. The Pelham Manor and Village of Pelham fire...

Hole outside CVS.

Four Corners CVS remains closed as water line is repaired; other businesses expected to open Tuesday

By Gabby Ahitow and Kira Findikyan
June 20, 2023

The CVS at Four Corners will remain closed while the water line that feeds the property's fire suppression system is repaired, according to an announcement from the Village of Pelham Manor at 7:20 p.m....

PMS eighth graders unveil mural created in collaboration with Connecticut artist

PMS eighth graders unveil mural created in collaboration with Connecticut artist

By Gabby Ahitow, Assistant Managing Editor
May 26, 2023

Every year, the outgoing Pelham Middle School eighth grade class creates an art piece to be hung in the hallway to commemorate that class's time at PMS. Each art piece is created by every student in that...

Courtesy of Tatiana Irani

Foto Feature: PMHS junior class hosts annual prom

By Gabby Ahitow, Assistant Managing Editor
May 26, 2023

The Pelham Memorial High School junior class hosted its junior prom on May 19 in the gym. The event was organized by the class of 2024 student association officers. Students danced the night away with...

Bat Boy (Liam Ginsburg) graduates from high school.

[Photo] Sock ‘n’ Buskin’s ‘Bat Boy:’ Musical delivers shocks and laughter

By Kate Gristina, Staff Reporter
March 28, 2023

Grace Kiamie as Mother Nature.

Pelham Living, new lifestyle magazine, aims to connect families and businesses

Pelham Living, new lifestyle magazine, aims to connect families and businesses

By Gabby Ahitow, Assistant Managing Editor
February 15, 2023

Best Version Media is introducing Pelham Living magazine in April with plans to feature a local family on the cover of every issue and to publish community-centered articles. The mission of the monthly...

Christian Hodge

Christian Hodge resigns as athletic director of Pelham school district

By Gabby Ahitow, Assistant Managing Editor
February 9, 2023

Athletic Director Christian Hodge has resigned after three years on the job in the Pelham school district. Hodge is leaving effective March 10 to take a similar position at another school district,...

Kate Douglass swimming at the University of Virginia.

Kate Douglass smashes American, U.S. open 200 breast records for third time

By Gabby Ahitow, Assistant Managing Editor
February 5, 2023

Kate Douglass has once again broken the 200 breast American and US Open records with a time of 2:01.43. Douglass has broken this record three times in the last year and holds four of the seven fastest...

Downed tree closes Franklin Place and back entrance to PMHS

Downed tree closes Franklin Place and back entrance to PMHS

By Gabby Ahitow, Assistant Managing Editor
February 3, 2023

A downed tree closed Franklin Place outside the side entrance to Pelham Memorial High School on Friday. Students and faculty were not allowed to use the Franklin Place doorway. Cars are being directed...

Pelham Public Library seeks redesign plan to accommodate community needs

Pelham Public Library seeks redesign plan to accommodate community needs

By Gabby Ahitow, Assistant Managing Editor
January 3, 2023

The Town of Pelham Public Library has announced a planning process for the redesign of the facility. The library board of trustees is seeking to develop or redesign the building's space to house more people...

Swastika found in PMHS stairwell

Swastika found in PMHS stairwell

By Gabby Ahitow, Assistant Managing Editor
October 24, 2022

A swastika was found at Pelham Memorial High School "scratched into the top of a stairwell" in an area not frequently used by students or staff, Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Champ said Monday evening in an...

Liberty Coca Colas new KeelClip packaging.

Student’s essay inspires new Coca Cola packaging that reduces plastic consumption

By Gabby Ahitow, Assistant Managing Editor
October 21, 2022

When a seventh grader in 2019, Bennett Wies wasn't sure what to write about for Assemblywoman Amy Paulin's annual "There Ought to be a Law" essay contest. "I remember being stumped when we first got...

Netflixs Purple Hearts tells unique story with up-and-coming actors

Netflix’s ‘Purple Hearts’ tells unique story with up-and-coming actors

By Gabby Ahitow, Assistant Managing Editor
September 9, 2022

The Netflix original "Purple Hearts" has captivated the hearts of viewers with Forbes calling the movie "one of Netflix's most successful films ever." Now the title may sound simple, but the complexity...

Pelham firefighters, county hazmat team deal with garbage truck fire on Fifth Avenue

Pelham firefighters, county hazmat team deal with garbage truck fire on Fifth Avenue

By Gabby Ahitow, Assistant Managing Editor
August 31, 2022

Village of Pelham firefighters responded to a fire in the rear of a sanitation truck right outside the firehouse Monday and needed to call the Westchester County Hazmat Team because the truck's contents...

Streets and homes were flooded during a storm on June 2, 2022.

Pelham streets, high school gym and auditorium flooded, forcing concert to move, canceling film screening

By Gabby Ahitow, Assistant Managing Editor
June 3, 2022

Flash flooding from a Thursday afternoon thunderstorm closed Highbrook Avenue and Wolfs Lane and other Pelham streets. The Pelham Memorial High School blue gym and auditorium were also flooded. That...

The AcaPelicans.

Foto Feature: 18 groups perform in annual PMHS Battle of the Bands

By Cristina Stefanizzi and Gabby Ahitow
May 27, 2022

On Thursday night, 18 groups from Pelham Memorial High School performed in the annual Battle of the Bands in the courtyard between the middle and high school. Groups included The M.A.C., The Heartbeats,...

Girl Scouts look to celebrate 100 years of service to Pelham

Girl Scouts look to celebrate 100 years of service to Pelham

By Gabby Ahitow, Assistant Managing Editor
May 23, 2022

The Girl Scouts of Pelham will celebrate more than 100 years of activity and service later this year, with specific plans still in the works. "This tremendous milestone will show our current Girl...

Lelia Brady creates comic book on surviving PMHS as final project for Girl Scout Gold Award

Lelia Brady creates comic book on surviving PMHS as final project for Girl Scout Gold Award

By Gabby Ahitow, Assistant Managing Editor
May 20, 2022

Lelia Brady is creating a comic book, "The PMHS Survival Guide Book," for freshman and new students making the transition to Pelham Memorial High School as her final project for the Gold Award, the highest...

The fight to protect student journalists from censorship

The fight to protect student journalists from censorship

By Gabby Ahitow, Assistant Managing Editor
May 5, 2022

The 1969 court case Tinker v. Des Moines ruled that students do not “shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate." Twenty years later, the case Hazelwood...

Kate Douglass with UVA swimming head coach Todd DeSorbo, who won coach of the year.

Kate Douglass named Women’s Swimmer of the Year by college swimming association

By Gabby Ahitow, Assistant Managing Editor
April 1, 2022

Pelham native Kate Douglass was named Women's Swimmer of the Year by the College Swimming and Diving Association of America (CSCAA). Douglass broke American records in the 50 freestyle, 100 butterfly and...

From left, Breda Bennett and Maurice Owen-Michaane

Bennett and Owen-Michaane reelected to Manor village board after running unopposed

By Gabby Ahitow, Assistant Managing Editor
March 17, 2022

Incumbent Trustees Bridget "Breda" Bennett and Maurice Owen-Michaane were officially reelected to the village board March 15 after facing no opponents on the ballot. Owen-Michaane and Bennett ran on...

From left, Breda Bennett and Maurice Owen-Michaane.

Manor incumbent Trustees Bennett, Owen-Michaane running unopposed on GOP, Neighborhood party lines

By Gabby Ahitow, Assistant Managing Editor
March 2, 2022

Village of Pelham Manor incumbent Trustees Bridget "Breda" Bennett and Maurice Owen-Michaane are running unopposed for reelection as nominees of the Republican and Neighborhood parties. Voting for the...

Sergios Ristorante named to OpenTables Top 100 restaurants of America

Sergio’s Ristorante named to OpenTable’s Top 100 restaurants of America

By Gabby Ahitow, Assistant Managing Editor
January 25, 2022

The Village of Pelham's own Sergio's Ristorante was one of nine restaurants in the New York area named to OpenTable's 100 top places in America to dine in 2021, after the online restaurant reservation...

Jan. 6 vigil at Wolfs Lane Park honors those who died during attack on Capitol by Trump supporters

Jan. 6 vigil at Wolfs Lane Park honors those who died during attack on Capitol by Trump supporters

By Gabby Ahitow, Assistant Managing Editor
January 12, 2022

A vigil Jan. 6 at Wolfs Lane Park memorialized the five people who died one year ago when supporters of former President Donald Trump—following his encouragement—stormed the U.S. Capitol in order to...

Pelham Picture House will expand to Bronxville with ten-year lease on former Bow Tie Cinema

Pelham Picture House will expand to Bronxville with ten-year lease on former Bow Tie Cinema

By Gabby Ahitow, Assistant Managing Editor
December 20, 2021

The Picture House Regional Film Center will expand to Bronxville when it takes over operations of the Bow Tie Cinema, which was in danger of closing for good, under a ten-year lease. Like the Picture...

Donald Otondi takes American immigrants journey to seat on Pelham village board

Donald Otondi takes American immigrant’s journey to seat on Pelham village board

By Gabby Ahitow, Assistant Managing Editor
December 13, 2021

While taking college-level technology classes in Nairobi, Kenya, Donald Otondi learned about computers without ever being in the presence of an actual computer. His well educated father urged him to...

Cannabis flower, sativa strain.

Public hearing: Six speakers oppose, two support cannabis businesses in Village of Pelham

By Gabby Ahitow, Assistant Managing Editor
November 1, 2021

Six residents opposed allowing cannabis businesses in the Village of Pelham while two came out in favor during public hearings Tuesday at the board of trustees meeting. The hearings were on two proposed...

Jordan Salama and his new book.

PMHS grad Jordan Salama to publish book on trip down Colombia’s mighty Magdalena River

By Gabby Ahitow, Assistant Managing Editor
October 6, 2021

Pelham Memorial High School and Princeton University alum Jordan Salama spent a good portion of his college career trying to decide what types of writing he liked doing. It was not till he traveled to...

Toonerville Fest is tune-filled reunion for Pelham community—with smiles, dancing and good food thrown in

Toonerville Fest is tune-filled reunion for Pelham community—with smiles, dancing and good food thrown in

By Gabby Ahitow and Cristina Stefanizzi
September 22, 2021

Pelham residents and out-of-towners, headlining acts and local performers met the bright sunshine Saturday with music, smiles and some serious boogying on parking lot 7 at the first-ever Toonerville...

Vito Pisano was grand marshall in the 2016 Pelham Memorial Day parade.

WW2 vet Vito Pisano was taught by parents work hard to succeed—he did and he is

By Gabby Ahitow, Assistant Managing Editor
August 4, 2021

At age 17, Vito "Ace" Pisano graduated from Bronx Vocational School and started working in the Brooklyn Navy Yard as an apprentice steamfitter. It was the beginning of World War II. He put in long, tough...

Heading to touch for first, Kate Douglass in the final lap of the 200 IM quarterfinal.

Kate Douglass wins first Olympic heat in 200 IM, moves to semifinals Monday night (video)

By Gabby Ahitow, Assistant Managing Editor
July 26, 2021

In her Tokyo Olympics debut Monday, PMHS alum Kate Douglass won a quarterfinal heat of the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:09.16, swimming her personal best and leading right off the block. Douglass...

Pelhams SummerFest returns with fitness classes, food and live music

Pelham’s SummerFest returns with fitness classes, food and live music

By Gabby Ahitow, News Editor
June 12, 2021

Events kicked off with a dog parade from Boulevard to Wolf's Lane Park, sponsored by Pelham Animal Hospital and Bischof & Bischof LLP. Here was the official return of Pelham's SummerFest on Saturday,...

Foto Feature: Musicians show off their talent at PMHSs annual Battle of the Bands

Foto Feature: Musicians show off their talent at PMHS’s annual Battle of the Bands

By Gabby Ahitow, News Editor
May 17, 2021

On May 14th from 5:30-8 pm, PMHS students showed off their musical talents at the annual Battle of the Bands. It was held outside in the breezeway between the middle and high school. Attendees paid...

In recent years before the pandemic, TV shows and movies shot in Westchester, including Billions with Damian Lewis as Bobby Axe Axelrod and Glenn Fleschler as Orrin Bach at the Empire City Casino in Yonkers.

Movies and TV shows filmed in Westchester expected to help boost economy following pandemic slump

By Gabby Ahitow, News Editor
April 7, 2021

Going back to 1965, Westchester has been the setting for many film and television productions. The county offers a variety of locations for filmed productions, everything from cities like Yonkers to small...

As Covid-19 infection rates drop, local and county officials step toward reopening—but urge caution

As Covid-19 infection rates drop, local and county officials step toward reopening—but urge caution

By Gabby Ahitow, News Editor
March 8, 2021

New Yorkers are seeing the lowest infection and hospitalization rates for Covid-19 in more than three months, and the numbers continue to decline, if more slowly in Westchester County during the past two...

To All The Boys: Always and Forever: Typical high-school romance gains significance during pandemic

‘To All The Boys: Always and Forever:’ Typical high-school romance gains significance during pandemic

By Gabby Ahitow, News Editor
February 25, 2021

Welcome to senior year of high school at Alder High, where love is in the air and college applications are due. The "To All The Boys I've Loved Before" trilogy ends with, "To All The Boys: Always and Forever,"...

Vaccine scammers seek to steal money, identity and confidential information

Vaccine scammers seek to steal money, identity and confidential information

By Gabby Ahitow, News Editor
February 3, 2021

Around the same time people started to get vaccinated for Covid-19, the Westchester County Department of Consumer Protection started hearing about vaccine scams. The goal of these scammers is to steal...

Pelham Picture House works with Ballet Arts to produce The Nutcracker safely during Covid-19

Pelham Picture House works with Ballet Arts to produce ‘The Nutcracker’ safely during Covid-19

By Gabby Ahitow, News Editor
December 24, 2020

“Ballet Arts has been performing the second act of 'The Nutcracker' in collaboration with the Pelham Picture House forever,” said Sheran Daniele, artistic director of Ballet Arts-The Performing Arts...

Covid-19: My freshman experience during these times

Covid-19: My freshman experience during these times

By Gabby Ahitow, News Editor
December 9, 2020

When I was in second grade, I watched "High School Musical." It was the first time I remember being excited about high school. In 2017, I graduated fifth grade. The feeling I felt receiving my "diploma"...

How sisters warning from Italy prompted DeCicco and Sons to prepare for Covid-19 early and fast

How sister’s warning from Italy prompted DeCicco and Sons to prepare for Covid-19 early and fast

By Gabby Ahitow, News Editor
December 1, 2020

Before the Covid-19 pandemic hit the United States, Luisa DeCicco talked to her sister in Italy on the phone. Her sister, a doctor, advised DeCicco to start preparing herself and all the DeCicco and Sons...

Pelham Democratic Committee appeals to young adults with new youth council

Pelham Democratic Committee appeals to young adults with new youth council

By Gabby Ahitow, News Editor
October 28, 2020

With the November elections just around the corner, political parties are looking to expand their platforms to the younger generation. The Pelham Democratic Committee has done this by adding a Young Democrats...

Enola Holmes perfectly combines mystery with social reform

‘Enola Holmes’ perfectly combines mystery with social reform

By Gabby Ahitow, News Editor
September 29, 2020

Enola Holmes ( Millie Bobby Brown) is the younger sister of Sherlock (Henry Cavill) and Mycroft (Sam Claflin) on a mission to find her missing mother. This movie is a great introduction to the world of...

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